Many thanks, this is really helpful and reassuring. The meeting was held shortly before you made your post(!) and despite debate as to whether it was valid to hold the discussion in private and my proposal to defer until next meeting and hold publicly (which was seconded by another councillor), the agenda item went ahead and the public (there was only one, probably because the item had been shown as confidential on the published agenda) were excluded. It was stated that no decisions were to be made, however, all the councillors were encouraged to give their view on the various potential developments. The next time the "public exclusion" question comes up (and I'm confident it will), I'll have more confidence to fight a bit harder!